Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress

Posted on April 8, 2016 by LKP


'I know no man more in his element. With a wizard's mix of inks and fonts, Alan has produced unique posters and broadsheets, astonishing in their originality and freshness. Indeed, he has created a new language of vision: 'Magick' – with a 'K'.

Derek Birdsall

 The Book

Written by John L Walters and spanning over fifty years, this lavish volume leads us from Kitching's first typographical experiments under the auspices of mentor Anthony Froshaug to his most iconic creations at The Typography Workshop. It covers his years designing alongside Derek Birdsall, as well as his time teaching letterpress at the Royal College of Art, and showcases his most colourful and expressive pieces, including his prolific work for The Guardian.

There are two editions exclusively available at

Special Edition with three-piece binding (£75) available here 

Collector's Edition, which includes a hand printed letterpress signed print, numbered and wrapped round the book to form a jacket (£200) available here

The Tour

To coincide with the launch of the book, Alan Kitching, the master of letterpress, is taking his work on tour. Kicking off in London (at Pick Me Up) the major retrospective will then travel to Suffolk and Glasgow with more destinations being added to the list later this year:

21 April – 2 May 2016
Pick me Up, Somerset House, London

3 June – 20 August 2016
The Lettering Arts Trust, Snape, Suffolk

1 November 2016 – 26 February 2017
The Lighthouse, Glasgow


Hear Alan read extracts from the book and see him at work in his studio below:











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